08/15/14 By Beth Bauer
Coming in October: take an early peek at Send Something Beautiful
"To send a letter is a good way to go somewhere without moving anything but your heart." ~Phyllis Theroux
Is there anything quite as beautiful as a handwritten love letter? Or quite as novel? In our digital age, it seems most people would rather press "send" on a smartphone than put pen to paper and (gasp!) wait for delivery. For those who haven't written off good old fashioned letter writing, we invite you to send something beautiful.
Emily Hogarth's book is beautifully written and visually inspiring. It details 25 projects to ignite your creativity and explore paper techniques for crafting gorgeous handmade correspondence. The heart of the book? "The art of creating and sending something beautiful can be a real joy" not only for the artist, but also for the loved one who receives the personalized note. Just take a look at this sweet project highlighted in Chapter 1, "For a Loved One."
Crafting these hearts for your sweetheart can be a little tricky. Hogarth gives suggestions for beautiful paper selection and proper handling of the origami paper to produce a lovely result. Feel free to string multipe hearts together for a pretty mobile or add a pop of color to a dinner party table. Of course, you can also use it as a miniature love letter. What a unique way to send someone a piece of your heart.
Before you send another group text, imagine how much sunshine you could add to a loved one's life by sending a handmade letter? Remember: old-school charm never goes out of style. So what are you waiting for? Go postal−and send something beautiful.
When is the last time you sent a handmade card to a loved one?
Beth is a freelance writer residing in Fishers, Indiana with a background in print journalism. Her full time job as a stay at home mom allows her to explore the beauty of art and life through her two young daughters' eyes—one finger painting at a time.
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
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